Waksman Investigator's Research Project Earns NIH Award

Dr. Chris Rongo of the Waksman Institute has been awared $1.1 Million for his research project, "Genetic Analysis of Neuronal Hypoxic Stress Resistance" which focuses on how neurons in the brain respond to conditions of low oxygen. 
The proposed experiments are relevant to traumatic brain injury and ischemic stroke, both of which create conditions of hypoxia (low oxygen) in the brain, thereby killing neurons by overactivation of ion channels, altered calcium homeostasis, and impaired mitochondrial function.  The grant funds Rongo's research which aims to understand the signaling pathways that neurons employ in their response to hypoxia in order to develop novel applications for the treatment and prevention of brain damage resulting after traumatic injury or stroke.  Learn more about Professor Rongo here.